Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Illegal camping, campfire patrols take to sky again

If you've spotted a small Cessna circling low over the city's forested areas in recent weeks, it's likely longtime pilot and Coconino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Steve Allen.

The deputy has resumed flying with officers from the Flagstaff Police Department as the agencies partner to spot transient camps and illegal fires within city limits and across the nearby forests.

The airplane is used as a resource for ground patrols.

Once a transient camp is spotted, the location is noted and officers can go out either on foot or in an all-wheel-drive vehicle to dismantle the site and talk to the residents, if there are any.

If a campfire is spotted, police are dispatched to the location. The officers then enforce the city's fire ban.

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